Author Archives: Allison Deger

About Allison Deger

Allison Deger is the Assistant Editor of Follow her on twitter at @allissoncd.

‘Netanyahu won’t act without a cane to his ass’ — Erekat says, urging ICC on Abbas

In a leaked recording released this week, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas for his “commitment” not to go to int’l bodies: ‘Palestine isn’t your daddy’s farm’

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Death comes to downtown Ramallah

Allison Deger offers a diary from Ramallah. Weeks after Nadime Nuwara and Mohammed Salame were killed during a Nakba day protest, Ramallah is still in gloom. This wasn’t a clash. It was an indiscriminate spray of bullets. And one took a boy from deep inside the Ramallah enclave: Nadime attended St. George Orthodox School in an upscale neighborhood with restaurants priced around twice that of any other West Bank city.

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Israeli police arrest three Palestinian youth who returned to the village of Iqrit

Sunday morning police and authorities with the Israeli Lands Administration arrested three youth in the village of Iqrit near the border with Lebanon. When 20 youth took up residence in the village’s church two years ago it marked the only example of descendants of Palestinians expelled during 1948 being able to return to their family’s original village.

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On Jerusalem Day, thousands of settlers celebrate ‘conquest’ of the city and say ‘Kahane was right’

Allison Deger reports from the annual Jerusalem Day march celebrating the Israeli occupation of the city during the 1967 war. She writes that many of the young revelers from West Bank settlements revered the controversial rabbi Meir Kahane. One young marcher who explains why Kahane’s brand of violent Jewish nationalism speaks to young people tells her, “Kahane said if someone wants to kill you, than you can kill him.”

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Destroyed Palestinian village outfitted with 1,000 JNF trees memorializing Denver couple’s dead dogs

American JNF board members travels to Israel to plant 1,000 trees honoring his dead dogs, on the land of a destroyed Palestinian village.

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Israel’s high court hears appeal of suit by family of Rachel Corrie

Last Wednesday the family of American peace activist Rachel Corrie appealed a civil suit against the Israeli army in Israel’s high court presenting evidence that the soldier who killed her ignored many warnings and that official video of the incident disappeared

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New video shows Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army on Nakba Day posed no threat to soldiers

Video released by Defense of Children International-Palestine of the two Palestinians killed last Thursday at an annual Nakba Day protest outside of Ofer prison show the youths did not pose a threat to life to Israeli soldiers. In addition, a newly released photo set reveals that one medic was shot in the head while trying to aid one of the wounded youth.

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Two Palestinian youths killed by Israeli army live-fire during Nakba Day demonstration

Two Palestinians were killed and a third is in critical condition after being shot by the Israeli military outside of Ofer prison in the West Bank at an annual Nakba Day protest. The youths were struck with live-fire and nine others critically wounded, according to hospital staff. Nadime Siam Abu Nuwara, 17, was shot by a single bullet to the heart and Mohammed Awad Salemeh Abu Thaher, 22, was killed just before 2:00 pm from a bullet to the lower abdomen.

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NBC’s ‘Dig’ gets $6.5 million from Israel to film in E. Jerusalem while Palestinian residents lack drinking water

NBC’s “The Dig” to receive $6.5 million grant from Israeli government to film in Silwan, meanwhile Palestinian residents go without safe drinking water.

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Circular logic: Israel agrees not to discriminate against Palestinian-American travelers — not that it ever did

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has agreed to change discriminatory practices against Palestinian-Americans coming to Israeli borders, a key issue in negotiations aimed at allowing Israel to join the U.S. visa waiver program. But when asked if it discriminates? “No, of course not.”

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New, for the home: apartheid wall and security tower, in dove gray

A giant mock apartheid wall and adjoining security tower can now be yours! Students for Justice in Palestine at the U of Illinois (Champaign Urbana) are selling theirs due to size restrictions. Might weigh as much as a ton!

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Palestinian youth say the talks with Israel are futile

Allison Deger talks with youth activists in Ramallah who took to the streets in the past to protest Palestinian negotiations with Israel, but now are sitting it out as they do not believe their representatives will listen to their grievances. Bassel from al-Walaja says, “We are not objecting to just the negotiations and their failures and their success. We’re against the whole thing: recognizing Israel, the two-state solution. We’re against all of it in principle.” Above, Palestinian security forces beat youth protesters with batons at a demonstration in 2013.

Posted in Activism, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation, On the ground reports, One state/Two states, US Policy in the Middle East | 52 Comments

American citizen, translator and student—Mariam Barghouti arrested and detained in West Bank

Mariam Barghouti, a 20 year-old university student and translator was arrested last Friday in Nabi Saleh and six days later is still locked in an Israeli jail cell. Despite being an American citizen she is facing trumped up charges of stone throwing that can carry a three-month sentence in jail.

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In Ramallah, Palestinian Authority cracks down on Salafi anti-negotiation protests

As U.S. brokered negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders nearly fell apart last week, in the West Bank the Palestinian Authority was busy cracking down on a Salafi group attempting to stage protests against the talks. Two weekends in a row, after evening prayers at a central Ramallah mosque dozens of Palestinian Authority riot police and undercover security services conducted mass arrests of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a marginal Islamic group that seeks the ouster of both the PA and Israel.

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Apathy in Ramallah as negotiations with Israel dive

What will remain, said George, sitting in the Ramallah Cafe, is “one apartheid state: one state for two peoples where one has all of the rights, the Israelis, and one has none of the rights, the Palestinians.” As negotiations between Israeli and Palestinians leaders reach a crisis, in Ramallah, the urban reprieve and seat of President Mahmoud Abbas’s government, the breakdown passes with much apathy.

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African asylum seekers in Israel reject ‘invitation’ to desert prison

African asylum seeker protest leader Mutasim Ali has filed a petition with Israel’s high court to overturn his, and thousands of other prison summons for refugees desiring status in Israel. Ali has been given 30 days to report to a detention facility

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Israel pays journalist $61,800 for good press during Pope’s visit

The Israeli Government Advertising Agency, known for promoting tourism, is paying a journalist $61,800 to cover Pope Francis’s upcoming visit.

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Israeli teens dressed as KKK and in ‘black face’ for mock lynching at school Purim party

A group of Israeli high school boys dressed as members of the Klu Klux Klan and others in “black face” make-up to stage a mock lynching for a class holiday party.

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Scarlett Johansson parrots SodaStream CEO in attack on Oxfam

SodaStream starlet Scarlett Johansson parrots company’s CEO in accusing Oxfam of funding the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Posted in Activism, American Jewish Community, BDS, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Media, US Politics | 14 Comments

Fruits of a right-wing takeover: Knesset barrage limits Arab parties, conscripts the ultra-Orthodox, and puts the peace process to a vote

This week legislation introduced by right-wing members of Knesset passed in quick succession, nearly unanimously with the exception of lawmakers who boycotted the debates. Within two days the government approved military conscription for ultra-Orthodox, raised the electoral threshold which will keep Arab parties out of office, and amended Basic Law for the first time in 22 years to require a referendum on ceding any Israeli controlled land during negotiations.

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Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours by Israeli forces

Tuesday marked a day of funerals as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza mourned six killed by Israeli forces within twenty-four hours. Three were killed in the West Bank in separate instances and three were killed in the Gaza Strip from an air strike. Above, the funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, in Beitin, a village in the West Bank.

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‘Netanyahu is a Nazi’: Scenes from an Orthodox anti-military draft protest in Jerusalem

Last Sunday over 300,000 protesters shut down central Jerusalem to protest a Knesset bill to draft Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community into the military. Allison Deger talks to some of the protesters who compare Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, the main backer of the compulsorily conscription legislation, to the assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, suggesting he would meet a similar fate.

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How ‘trigger-happy’ soldiers killed an unarmed man walking to work

The killing of three Palestinian men in Qalandia refugee camp last August is a central case in the Amnesty International report on Israeli soldiers killing dozens of Palestinian protesters in the last three years. Amnesty has called for governments to suspend military aid to Israel because of the pattern. Allison Deger investigated that violent night in the occupation. Here is her assessment of Israeli actions.

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Palestinians in Hebron demand Israel ‘Open Shuhada Street’ and protest twentieth anniversary of Ibrahimi mosque massacre

On Friday around one thousand Palestinian and Israeli activists protested in the West Bank city of Hebron to reopen Shuhada Street.

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Conviction rate for Israeli interrogators who use torture: 0%

In Israel torturing Palestinian prisoners is illegal, but since 2001 there has not been a single conviction—even when the state admits its use. Above, the shabach position is demonstrated: A prisoner is bound to a low tilted chair with one hand tied behind him. The suspect’s head is covered by an opaque sack. Loud music is played in the room.

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